Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 561–564 | Cite as

Metaphyseal impaction fractures in acute lymphoblastic leukemia

  • D. Manson
  • R. F. Martin
  • W. P. Cockshott


Patients with acute lymphatic leukaemia frequently are osteoporotic. A small subset of these develop disabling metaphyseal transverse fractures, usually bilateral and in the lower limb. These impaction fractures have a characteristic appearance and develop in recently laid down bone. They may develop ab initio or during therapy. Magnesium deficiency is found in these patients.

Key words

Lymphoblastic leukemia Fractures, metaphyseal impaction Osteoporosis Children 


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© International Skeletal Society 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Manson
    • 1
  • R. F. Martin
    • 2
  • W. P. Cockshott
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMcMaster University, Health Sciences CentreHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMcMaster University, Health Sciences CentreHamiltonCanada

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